2 more inmates get out of Mississippi jail weeks after major escape

Tribune Content Agency

Two inmates escaped from a Mississippi jail on Monday, several weeks after four inmates got out of the same facility.

Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones said Monday that Michael Lewis, 31, and Joseph Spring, 31, were discovered missing from the Raymond Detention Center near Jackson during the morning headcount.

The duo got into an air duct in the ceiling of the jail’s recreation room.

Outside of the jail, the men were able to climb over a fence.

Spring was in jail on parole violations and burglary charges. Lewis had been charged with driving under the influence and marijuana possession.

There have been no sightings of the men since they escaped, the sheriff said. They are believed to be on foot and were last spotted wearing red jumpsuits.

Four inmates escaped from the jail in April, leading to searches for the men in a number of states. One man was recaptured in Texas several days later. Another was captured at a Mississippi home.

Two of the other escapees died while on the run.

Dylan Arrington is suspected of shooting a preacher and carjacking him before dying in a fire while in a standoff with police. The body of Casey Grayson was found inside a vehicle at a New Orleans truck stop, but foul play was not suspected.

The four likely camped out on the building’s roof for hours during their escape.

After the breakout, Sheriff Jones said the jail needed more resources “to be able to address some of these long-standing issues.”